When it comes to NFL rivalries, the one constant is change. Yes, there are a few established rivalries in NFL history that will always be considered among the most heated in the league in any given year. This rating, though, isn't always about deep-rooted history. Sometimes rivalries develop between teams who people wouldn't expect them to hate so much.
The most obvious example of this is the Dallas-Washington rivalry. The Cowboys and Redskins have been division rivals for nearly all of their existence as members of the NFC East, but they don't hate each other's fans or even particularly like each other's coaches. They just play hard every week against each other and enjoy the competition.
There are several other rivalries of this type including the Giants-Eagles rivalry, the Bears-Lions rivalry, and the Cardinals-Rams rivalry. All of these games are important to the overall success of their respective franchises, but nobody would call any of them "traditional" NFL rivalries.
Then there are the more longstanding rivalries in the NFL. At the top of the list we'll say Seattle vs. Washington with some explanation required. After all, the Seahawks didn't start playing football until 1970 while the Redskins started out as Boston College Eagles before moving to D.C. in 1937.
There have always been dominating teams in football, even if they don't always become multi-season dynasties, and there probably always will be, despite the NFL's best efforts (insert scornful laughter). Some years have more than others, but it's hard to look at the history of the game and not see that some teams are just better than others when it comes to winning games. There are currently four such teams: the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, and San Francisco 49ers.
Each of these teams has multiple first-place votes. The Patriots have been voted the number one team by our panel every year since 2001, except for 2004 when they were tied with the Raiders and Eagles respectively. The Steelers have won the top spot twice before 2001 when the Cowboys dominated the league; and again in 2005 after the Rams' success during the previous season. The 49ers are new to the top spot this year after coming off their first playoff appearance in 18 years last season. They'll need to stay healthy this year as they had several key players miss time due to injury.
It's interesting to note that all four of these teams are based in the Northeast or Northwest, with three of them being from Pennsylvania. This is probably just a coincidence, but we can also say that all four of these teams have strong local followings, which must help them attract good players.
The top eight divisional rivalries in the NFL are the Cowboys-Eagles and the Packers-Bears.
The modern-era NFL has been the only major professional football league in the United States since 1970, and its current league championship game is known as the Super Bowl. With six Super Bowl victories, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New England Patriots have the most. The Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl last month; the Steelers won their fourth earlier this year.
The Super Bowl champion wins $100 million if they are the New England Patriots, and $50 million if they are the Pittsburgh Steelers. In addition, the winning coach receives a $5 million bonus. A third place prize of $5 million is given to the second-place team, and any other remaining teams receive $2 million each.
The Super Bowl begins at 3:00 p.m. on February 4th, and can be seen by millions of people worldwide. It is the most-watched annual sports event in the United States, with an average audience of more than 100 million viewers. Forbes estimates that the total value of the 2018 season was $14.8 billion.
The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league based in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The NFL consists of two 12-team divisions - the American Football Conference (AFC) and the National Football Conference (NFC) - which play a 14-game regular season followed by a post-season tournament called the NFL Playoffs.
The Packers-Lions rivalry is the longest-running in the NFL, with the clubs meeting twice a year since 1933—quite the way to develop a dislike for each other. It's also one of only two remaining "division" rivalries in the NFL (the other being the Redskins vs. Cowboys game). Before the formation of divisions in 2002, these two teams would play every year in either the North or South Division depending on which team was selected first by the NFL schedule maker.
These days, both Green Bay and Detroit are considered elite franchises, but when they met back in 2003, Green Bay was still building its reputation as a force to be reckoned with, while Detroit was coming off three straight losing seasons. The Packers won that game 20-7, and it wasn't until later that season when they finally lost their first game at Lambeau Field against Chicago. Since then, they've gone on to win four more Super Bowls compared to one for Detroit. Although neither team has had a losing record since 2004, Green Bay is currently ahead in the all-time series 96-94-6.
In addition to being one of only two division rivalries left in the NFL, this game also serves as an early playoff matchup. If these two teams were to meet in the postseason, it would be known as the NFC North Championship Game.
So, what makes the NFL more popular than college football? First and foremost, there isn't much of a difference. In 2017, a Gallup survey asked respondents whether they were fans of each sport on a list. Fifty-seven percent indicated they were fans of professional football, while 56 percent said they were fans of college football. There weren't any other sports on the list that drew more than 50 percent support from respondents.
There are several factors that may come into play here. The NFL is generally seen as being more popular among men, while college football is favored by women. However, there is no real evidence to suggest that men prefer the NFL over college football. Women tend to favor the NCAA over the NFL because the former is available in both the collegiate and professional levels while the latter is only available in the professional level.
Another factor may be media coverage. College football receives significantly less coverage than the NFL. This may lead many people to believe that it is not as popular as their perception of it being. However, since television coverage tends to correlate with fan interest, this may just be another indication that college football is more popular than most think.
It doesn't happen frequently, but when it does, it has the potential to change the direction of NFL history. We're talking about transactions, especially moves involving all-star level, seasoned players (draft pick-for-draft choice swaps do not qualify). Copy the link symbol! The list below includes every trade in the history of the NFL. It is very unlikely that you will ever need to reference this list, but it is included for those who are interested.
Here are the details on each trade: date, team trading away, receiving team, trade type (i.e., draft pick), trade value. For example, the Rams sent their first-round selection (No. 1 overall) and quarterback Marc Wilson to the Patriots for the right to swap first-round picks with New England (the Rams' selection was later traded to San Francisco).
The league began keeping official records in 1994, so prior to then there are only estimates of player movement. In some cases, the estimates are based on statistics such as yards from scrimmage or touchdowns scored by players at both ends of a trade. In other cases, they are simply guesses made by experts who follow the league closely.
For example, new Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio has been named as one of the people who made an estimate that running back Marshall Faulk would move to wide receiver. This rumor appeared around the time that the Oakland Raiders were looking to trade him.